Monday, November 17, 2008

Startup aims to improve patent quality

From AP via Findlaw:

" A new startup company wants to have a say in the high-stakes patent disputes that loom over many industries.

In the drug business, for instance, Pfizer Inc. is suing generics maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, accusing it of infringing on a patent covering Pfizer's top-selling cholesterol medicine.

In high-tech, Research In Motion Ltd. is locked in litigation with Motorola Inc. over patents central to wireless devices...

Now the startup, Article One Partners, is offering a reward to anyone who can turn up evidence to settle whether the patents at the heart of these cases - along with a handful of other valuable, high-profile patents - are valid or not."

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